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Plal. 37.25. I have been young and now am old ,
yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, ner his feed ( forsaken , though ), begging
bread. Phil.4.6. Be careful for nothing, but in every
thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto
God. * Jam.2.5. Hearken my beloved Brethren,
, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in Faith, and heirs of the Kingdom, which he hath
promised to them that love him. Prov.17.5. whoso mocketbt be poor, reproacheth
bis Maker, and he thing is glad at calamities,
shall not be unpunished. | Plál. 10:14. The poor commistetb himself into
thee, thou art the helper of the Father
lelle. Vi sy Match.6.25. Therefore 1 say unto you, take no
thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on; is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment ? V.26. Behold the forels of the air, for they low
not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, yet your Heavenly Father feedeth them,
Are ye not much better than they? Va7. Which of you by taking thought, can add
one Cubit unto his ftature ? V.28. And why take ye thought for raiment?
comfider the Lilies of the field how they grew, they toyl not neither do they pin. V.29. And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his Glory, was not arrayed like one of
thefe V.36. Wherefore if God fo-cloath the grasle of
the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cal into the oven, shall he not much more cloath you oh ye of little Faith? V 31. Therefore take no thought faying, Wba fhall we eat or what shall we drink? Or wherewithall shall
we be cloathed? V.33. But seek ye forft the Kingdom of God, and
his righteousness and all theferhings shall be ad V.34. Take therefore no thought for the mortes, for the morrow Thal take thought for the things
of it self , sufficiext unto the day is the ea "shereof. ***
ded unto you.
See more Scriptures to this purpose, pa 315,
of the Duties of the Teung and
First, of those that concern the younger fort.
young persons should consider that it is their duty, and high concernment, to endeavour to be really good, and truly religious betimes. In order hereunto, I thill,
1. Lay down some Reafons and Arguments to prese them to it.
2. Answer such objections, and labour toremove fuch prejudices, as are conceiv'd against it.
3. Give fome Directions to them, who are pilling to be advis d herein.
There are many weighty Reasons and Argu ments to perswade them
to it. 1. God now invites them to it, Ecclef. 12.1. Remember now thy Creatour in the daies of thy youth, &c. And lec them consider , 1. God hath no need of them, but they have need of him, and cannot posfibly be happy without him. 2.He is willing to be reconcil'd to them, if they will turn to bim, though for their fins he might justly
destroy them. 3. He offers them better term. and conditions ( if they will serve him ) then they can possibly have any where else,eicher in the service of fin or Satan, Rom.6.21. What frais had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashx med? for the end of those things is death. The two genuine and natural fruits of Jin are shame and death. Is it not chen an intollerable indignity and affront put upon the great God of Heaven and Earth for any to refuse to serve him, who offers them so fair terms, and to continue in che Devils Navery, who ( they know ) intends che ruine both of their souls and bodies ?
II. Delaies are exceeding dangerous.
1. Life is uncertain, Prov. 27. 1. Boaft as thy self of to morrow, for thou knoweft not rohata day may bring forth. Young men may reckon up on years, when possibly they have not moneta to live. Consider how quick'God is with forme cutting them off in their fias. Time is precios, Redeem it; for on this moment depends Etæsity.
2. Grace is uncertain. 'Tis not in mans post to have Grace when he will. The Spirit of G# will not alwaies strive with the children of men. 72 day, and while it is callid to day, hear his voic: Pfal.95.7. And harden not your hearts. Gache the Manna while ic fals; come in while the de of Grace stands open: Take heed of being like Elst, coming too late for a bleffing.
3. The longer thou delayeft, the more unfit , unable and indisposed thou wilt be to return. Now chy parts are fresh, and thy affections vigorous. If chou wilt enter thy self inco the School of Christ now, what a great deal of knowledge and Grace and spiritual experience maist thou accain unco? What a good Scholar , . a good proficient maist
thou be? 다.
But if chou delayeft,chen consider in what a fad condition chou art. 1. Sin will be every day more and more bardning thy heart, and stupifying thy Conscience, and so wil make thy return the more difficult. Nom ( may be ) thou haft forne tena derneß of Conscience : Thou wilt gwickly lose ic; if chou refuseft to hearken to Gods call. 2. The world, and the cares of this life will mare and more engage and int angle thy Affections. If thou givest not chy self to God while young, bea fore thou art much engaged in the cares and bu. finesses of this life, 'cis very hazardous, whether the morld will not carry away thy heart, and whether chou maist nor lose thy foulin an eager pursuit of these outward things. 3, The Devil
get stronger poffeßion. Every soul is either Gods Temple, or the Devils house. 'Twill be bard to cart Satan out, where he hach had many gears poffeßion. The longer any go on in sin, the greater pomer God permits the Devil to have over them. 4. The longer thou delayoft, the more thou provokeft Godto
give thee up torby oron